on 29 May 2009
I've been a fan of this band from day one. They are many things but mostly MMW play real jazz for today with a groove you can dance to. The world class musicianship has always come as standard but in recent years I feel they have lost direction. Radiolarians is apparently a new approach where the music is taken out on the road and refined and then recorded back in the studio. And it works. The first of a 3 disc series, Radiolarians 1 is in my view up there with the band's very best work. These guys tour constantly in the US and play to large concert halls where the concept of the jam band is embraced and loved. Anyone who has a liking for jazz / rock fusion or older listeners brought up on Zawinul or Mahavishnu will lap this up. MMW, please get to England (and not just London).